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the cause. bill whitaker will be reporting our cover story. >> reporter: once upon a time stars were adored for their talent and beauty. those attributes alone don't cut it these days. but stars now must show the world their altruism. they're helping refugees, katrina victims and they're applauded from africa to washington. >> they are a model for the country. >> thank you. >> reporter: good deeds or good p.r.? hollywood's cause celebs later on sunday morning. >> osgood: heart and home call out to all of us this time of year. for one world famous rock star there's no resisting. harry smith followed sting back to his roots. ♪ >> reporter: at england's durham cathedral, friends and family have gathered to see a local lad who made good: sting. ♪
the music celebrates the winter season. and his presence here marks both a home coming and a coming of age. you're, as we would say, almost pushing 60. >> i'm 57. i have three sexy years left. >> reporter: a journey to christmases past with sting, later this sunday morning. >> osgood: i guess we'll be spinning a yarn and to some extent spinning himself this morning. why, our own bill geist, of course. >> reporter: are you in the holiday spirit? nothing says i'm all in like a festive ugly holiday sweater. as you'll see later on sunday morning. >> osgood: sophia loren is in a new holiday movie this season her first in years. this morning she'll be talking about it and much more besides with our jim axelrod. >> reporter: sophia loren has
been a screen goddess for more than half a century. at 75, it seems she wants to set the record straight. >> i looked like a sex bomb but i was not. i was very much tortured inside. i was a woman 100% with problems. >> reporter: later on sunday morning, a visit with a legend. sophia loren. >> reporter: rita braver will have a genuine christmas nutcracker tale to tail. mo rocca will try to keep in step with the dancing policeman. that and more but first here are the headlines for this sunday morning, the 20th of december, 2009. the east coast has had quite a jump on a white christmas this morning. within two feet of snow have blanketed roads, crippled
travel and brought holiday shopping to a halt. five deaths are blamed on the storm which has spread from the carolinas to new england and into the midwest. our reporter has braved the elements and has the latest. >> reporter: it's a silent morning here in new york's central park this sunday. except for the sne plows and a few early risers out with skis and shovels not much is moving. more than a foot of snow fell overnight transforming this city into a giant snow grove. but don't let the tranquility deceive you. up and down the east coast on this weekend before christmas, things were not tranquil has the fierce, pre-winter storm made its way north from the carolinas to new england. dropping record december snowfalls on washington, d.c., philadelphia, and charleston, west virginia. the power outages reported in many states. gusting winds and drifting snow created treacherous conditions for holiday travelers along the storm's path.
side tracking trains, grounding planes, and stranding automobiles. >> it's crazy out here tonight. >> reporter: those that could stayed home and stores were all but deserted on what has been traditionally the busiest shopping day of the year. in new york, the snow is just about over. farther north expect 4-6 more inches and blizzard conditions before this storm blows out to sea. after that, it's digging out. charlie? >> osgood: thank you. the snow has indeed put a damper on the biggest shopping weekend of the year. some experts believe that that could make for a boom for on- line shopping this season. language limiting insurance coverage for abortions has cleared the way for nebraska senator bill nelson the last democratic holdout to support the party's health care overhaul plan. nelson's vote who put the still unwrapped package on the track by christmas eve. work continues on the
legislation today. the new orleans saints marched toward a perfect season was thwarted last night by the dallas cowboys. 24-17 was the score. the saints' loss leaves the indianapolis colts as the nfl's only undefeated team this season. and this just in. people magazine is reporting that the oldest of the jonas brothers has tied the knot. the one on the right, wearing a vest for unenlightened married a former hairdresser in new york yesterday. now today's weather. the snow will continue falling in the northeast until this afternoon. elsewhere, it should be cool but nice. the week ahead will bring us the official start of winter as well as a few mostly dry days. the east may get a white christmas or just a wet one. next, hollywood star
the bad. or worse. now make room for the shinyiest new hollywood icons. the good from and lean a and brad to bono and madonna, the list goes on. more and more stars are looking good these days by doing good. angelina jolie, once best known for her tattoos and blood vile necklace, now is like the mother teresa of hollywood. >> refugees are not numbers. >> reporter: working with the u.n. on refugees. >> i'm angry. >> reporter: george clooney's good deeds got him invited to the white house. >> so i just met with the president and the vice president. i urge them to make the tragedy in darfur one of their top priorities in foreign policy. >> reporter: they are everywhere. matt damon visiting refugees in southern africa. >> obviously a big problem. it's not going away.
any time soon. >> reporter: celebrity outreach to the poor and the powerful. >> a hero for the people of new orleans. they'll be a model for the country. brad pit. >> thank you, thank you. >> reporter:. >> you're building a brand. you're defining that person. how do you define a person? >> reporter: howard bragman, p.r. agent to the stars, should know. he wrote a book about the fine art of grabbing the spotlight. he says many stars today have philanthropic consultants who match them to good causes. >> and the smartest celebrities, the ones that people relate to the most, give back. it's so important. when you don't give back in this world, you start to look a little greedy. >> if i have anything to offer as an actor.... >> reporter: ben affleck's cause is war-torn congo. >> having been in a bunch of magazines, i felt like that was pretty empty. it would be to help people
like me who are kind of ignorant on stuff like this. >> reporter: so on almost any night in hollywood you'll find the rich and famous sipping wine for a good cause. tonight's cause celebs: nothing less than the planet. a party for eco-moms, a global network started by california moms that shares simple green steps everyone can take to reduce their carbon footprint. >> i have my third little girl. >> reporter: actress angie harmon. >> i want the world to be beautiful and lovely for her and her children. >> reporter: of course hollywood's helping hand is nothing new. audrey hepburn was a tireless goodwill ambassador for unicef. ♪ in the '70s rockers raised millions for cyclone-ravaged bangladesh. in the '80s for famine relief
in ethiopia. ♪ we are the world >> reporter: "we are the world" raised more than $60 million for african aid and development. but today activist/actors are no longer the exception but the rule. so hip, so ripe for lampooning. >> don't be afraid to get involved. >> reporter: in the hbo series "entourage" real-life activist matt damon presses. >> that's bono, vince. >> oh, hey, bono. >> reporter:... and presses.... >> so, did you get the check i sent? i hope it was enough. >> it was. >> reporter:... and presses fictional actor vince chase to give to the children. >> send me the check. >> a funny thing happened on the way to the fund-raiser. it turns out that hollywood stars master the selling of the latest movie, a line of clothing also a good selling causes. >> it has been amazing to see the power of what celebrities can do when they're passionate
about something. >> reporter: program director for eco-mom says the involvement of actress robin wright-penn helped her group attract 10,000 members and counting. you are using her. >> why not? am i? >> all organizations do use us if we're talking about that factor to raise awareness. beautiful. >> reporter: john pendergast has seen the power of celebrity firsthand. he toiled for two decades, testifying before congress, writing issue papers, trying to get the world to pay attention to genocide. lately he's turned to hollywood for help. >> i guess the first person i worked with was angelina jolie. >> reporter: he took her to war-torn congo. she put her photo diary on the holocaust museum's website. >> i sit with a couple and their small baby. >> the first day that it
was... the first minute, it was on the website the server crashed for the holocaust website. they had never had that much traffic in their entire history. i was like, my god, this is the answer. >> i'm speaking to you as a mother. >> reporter: now his "enough" project has a star-studded lineup. pendergast says stars have access, like bono pushing third world debt relief with world leaders. and stars have a megaphone. actress diane lane. >> rape is a weapon of war. it's not okay. >> reporter: lane and her friend actress maria belleau each has traveled to third world countries. >> i was at one of the meetings in washington and she said i don't know what i'm talking about but i have a very small voice. you have a very big voice. >> reporter: and they're using it speaking out on the red carpet like ben affleck. >> i was stunned by the magnitude of the suffering that i read about. >> over 1,500 people die every
day. >> reporter: john pendergast credits celebrity activism with building public pressure, pushing the obama administration to device a new tougher policy toward the genocide in darfur. >> we're actually moving the needle beyond rhetoric to action. i think the star power has been a major contributor. >> reporter: but this is hollywood. when brad pit helps rebuild new orleans with green, affordable housing, when david helps feed the hungry.... >> one in eight americans don't know where their next meal is coming from. >> reporter:... skeptics wonder, is it altruism or all be me-ism? does this help your image? >> i hope so. i hope it helps my, you know, my personal image, my moral image, like who i am as a person. that's really what it means to me, not on a celeb celebrity level as much as doing the right thing. >> reporter: so twice a week out of the glare of the spotlight, he works at an l.a.
food bank. >> i would say that more than half of the work that they do is actually not known. there are probably people who do it for their image. >> reporter: publicist howard bragman. >> but i will tell you the vast majority of people i've worked with over the years-- and i'm talking decades-- have truly been committed and truly been passionate. they really have been blown away by the difference they make. >> reporter: in hollywood, saving the world on screen used to be enough. not anymore. >> osgood: ahead, towering land skips and a bargain basement price.
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to the united states, doubling the size of our country with the stroke of a pen. for two years, american diplomat robert living stone had been haggling with the french to buy new orleans, a port that the american frontier farmers relied on to ship their produce. the french emperor, know napoleon decided in the spring of 1803 to sell not just the one city but his entire north american colony. the move that was dramatized on the cbs news broadcast "you are there" back in 1953. >> but you see i have made a decision that the purchase of new orleans will reshape the future history of the united states and the world. >> osgood: napoleon told his ministers to close the deal with an astonished u.s. delegation. in a report from 1976, our old friend charles kuralt picks up the story. >> reporter: the very next day they agreed on a little land
sale. living stone didn't even know what he was buying. lewis and clark hadn't yet been west to see what was there. they signed the papers before napoleon could change his mind. >> reporter: at a bargain price of $15 million, the united states acquired more than 800,000 square miles west of the mississippi. 15 states were eventually carved either in whole or in part from the louisiana purchase. it stretched from louisiana all the way north and west to montana. at that price, the louisiana purchase worked out to be cheaper than some high-end new york city apartments sell for today. and quite a bit more spacious. >> osgood: coming up, a real christmas nutcracker. pain all over. and i was so tender to the touch--
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known as the nutcracker man. here near richmond, virginia, he's one of a very few americans designing hand crafted nutcrackers. you know, it feels like santa's workshop in here for sure. >> it really does. >> reporter: he's created scores of designs in the quarter century since he decided to try the craft. did you have any idea how to make a nutcracker at that time? >> i didn't. >> reporter: some of his prize pieces are the nutcracker props he's made for the richmond ballet. >> i get so emotional when i see those girls run across the stage with my nutcracker. >> reporter: in fact, for many americans nutcracker memories start with the tchaikovsky ballet. it's based on an early 19th century story. he got the idea when he bought a nutcracker like one of these.
just took it home, put it on his shelf and inspiration came. >> that's probably what happened. >> reporter: if glenn crider is a nutcracker man, arlene wagner is the nutcracker lady. how much are in the museum? >> there are over 5,000 on display. >> reporter: she and her husband founded the nutcracker museum in leavenworth, washington, in 1995. out of necessity. >> every wall in our house was covered with shelves of nutcrackers. and my husband said we either have to move out and let the nutcrackers take over or else we have to move the nutcrackers. >> reporter: the collection starts with nuting stones. some dating from 4,000 to 8,000 years ago. nuts were placed in the hollows and then hit with another rock. ♪ nutcrackers can be made from
wood or metal. i've re, even porcelain. with some you just crush the nut. >> oh, that's one cracked nut there, isn't it? >> reporter: there are also screw-type nutcrackers and most popular the lever type. made in every imaginable design. tell me about this one. 1569 it says. >> um-hum. he is carved after francis i of france. >> reporter: wagner says historically people ate nuts at the end of many meals. you know, from soup to nuts. this carved in 17th century france has whistles on the end. >> and the only reason that we can think of that it may have had whistles was to call the servants. >> reporter: for more nuts. >> for more nuts, um-hum. >> reporter: (laughing) in the last century with workshops
like this one, germany became the center of high quality nutcracker production. but last year, it was glenn crider, the virginia nutcracker man, who designs were chosen to go on the first- ever u.s. nutcracker stamp. >> then they told me the number was 1.4 gill i don't know or something like that. >> reporter: that they were producing. >> with a b, billion. >> reporter: a big honor for somehow who is just nuts about nutcrackers. >> to have a good, beautiful nutcracker on your mantle at christmas time, it brings good luck to your home. ♪ >> ugly. >> osgood: next, sophia loren returns to the screen. what is it like for you to come back here? >> oh, it's bitter-sweet.
sophia loren is a hollywood legend and this morning she's talking to our jim axelrod. >> reporter: after more than half a century of red carpet life as one of the world's most beautiful women, so gorgeous the archbishop of genoa once joked, "for her, the church should make an exception to a ban against cloning." it now seems sophia loren wants to set the record straight. >> i looked like a sex bomb but i was not. i was very much tortured inside. i was a woman 100% with problems. >> reporter: with a new movie out "nine," her first role in five years it's no surprise she's giving interviews. but sophia loren isn't reading from a script. speaking instead with an unexpected and disarming candor. did you think you were beautiful? >> yes. >> reporter: you knew you
were? >> i was okay, yes. >> reporter: okay? >> i thought i was okay. >> reporter: you thought you were okay. >> yes. >> reporter: with her place in movie history firmly anchored in cement, loren seemed liberated. two years ago she was confident enough to be showcased in a calendar for perelli tires alongside women decades younger. i'm just wondering why you did that calendar. >> there was nothing wrong with it. don't you like that. >> reporter: i did. i just think people must have been, oh, my goodness. >> because they were really shots like this. >> reporter: no, no, no. very dignified. >> i would have never done it. >> reporter: you looked sexy. >> well, good. >> reporter: is that a good thing? you want to get that out that people in their 70s can look sexy. >> that's good, no?
>> sophia, right here. >> reporter: but at the age of 75, loren is also expressing vulnerabilities. you wouldn't expect to plague an icon. from what i've read, 13, 14, 15 very shy. in your 70s, still shy. so nothing that happens in between changes the sort of basic who you are as a kid. >> no, no, no. it's in the dna. i'm still as i was before i'm still as i was at 13, 14, 15. >> reporter: those early years in italy were the toughest. born out of wedlock and abandoned by her father, sophia was raised near naples by her single mother whose memory she still reveres. >> she has fought for us a great deal. also because we were born during the war. during the war it's something
that... the struggle, the problems, the bombing, the deaths. it was incredible. but she really was always there for us. >> reporter: the deprivation of war-torn italy meant little food which sophia can look back on now and laugh about. your childhood nickname? what does it mean? >> little stick. i was so thin. little stick. like a tooth pick. >> reporter: the little tooth pick blossomed into a beauty. by the age of 18, loren had already appeared in more than 15 films in italy. it wasn't long before hollywood came calling. she starred in a string of movies with leading men like clark gable, cary grant.
>> will you do me the honor of accompanying me to the country club dance tonight? >> reporter: and charleston heft on. >> sophia loren lives in a pent house apartment. >> reporter: she was living the young starlet's life showing off her balcony apartment overlooking sunset boulevard to edward r.murrow. >> where did you learn your english? >> well, i learned my english in italy for two months. but really i learned my english by making american pictures. and i made quite a lot. >> reporter: in 1961, she starred in "two women" winning the first oscar ever given for a non-english-speaking role. but if you think that guaranteed happiness, guess again. >> sometimes i'm very tortured. you try to forget about it. but then the torment that you
have inside comes back again. what can i do? then i start to think positively. i start to do things that make me feel a little bit exhilarated about life, about what i had. >> reporter: the life she had is very much on her mind these days. coming up on three years since the death of her husband producer carlos ponte. they met 16 years ago when she was a beauty pageant contestant and he was a judge. more than 20 years older than loren, he was a strong guiding force throughout her life and career, producing dozens of loren's movies. how are you adjusting? to life without your husband? >> it's very... very
difficult. can we pause? >> reporter: of course. their marriage lasted until poni's death at the age of 94. >> when he died, it was not a strong ache for me because i still did not realize that he was gone forever. but now sometimes i'm faced with things that i have to solve in life and in my career, so many things. and it's now that i feel that he's gone.
>> reporter: she finds the best way to dull the heart ache is by working. >> it's kind of like a vocation. sometimes you are given things to do that are very, very difficult sometimes. but it strikes you a little bit. >> reporter: in "nine," loren plays mama, the mother of the main character. >> this is rome the way you invented it. >> reporter: it's a musical based on the film "eight-and-a-half" which is a thinly veiled look at felini himself and his inability to remain faithful to his wife. >> each time that contini has a problem, his mother is there always for him. >> reporter: off screen, loren
is the mother of two children. carlo is a conductor, edward is a director and she has two grandchildren. today sophia loren is at that point in life where there were many more yesterdays than tomorrows. the point where if you're lucky, looking back provides the strength to look ahead. >> i tell the story of my life to myself. i say, you have been... you were born in a very poor neighborhood during the war, and you made it. you didn't know that you were going to make it. and then i feel a little better. and then i see my children. my family. the little boy. you know. i say i love you. he says it in italian and i cry. and i'm happy. >> reporter: happy. which for sophia loren these
days is a pretty simple formula. a good role. the love of her family. and setting the record straight. from her deepest vulnerabilities to hollywood legend like how she got her fabulous figure. i know the very most famous quote attributed to you.... >> it's not true. i know. >> reporter: you didn't say it. >> i owe everything to the spaghetti. it's not true. they put it in my mouth and it goes on. it's not true. so silly. can you imagine? >> reporter: are you glad we have a chance to clear this up? >> that's good, yes. but it would come out again. those words. >> osgood: next, 'tis the season for music.
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no wonder my beard is white. enough of us old boomers don't know how to download so that the record labels are pulling out the stops to keep us listening happily and consuming on our ways of the winter wonderland. ♪ i was... >> reporter: nothing says christmas like mick jagger in a top hat. i will certainly be passing out a few copies of the 40th anniversary deluxe box set version of get your yayas out the classic rolling stones live album from their 1969 tour ♪ i can't get no satisfaction ♪ this was the greatest period for the stones, right in the middle of their sticky fingers heyday. ya-ya's is their only essential live album. this reissue includes five extra stones' songs, complete
sets from opening acts, b.b.king and ike and tina turner and fantastic footage of mick and keith sitting on stools playing a short acoustic set. like a diabolical mockery of simon and garfunkel, it's raw, it's ragged, it's the rolling stones. our parents didn't get. our kids don't get it. if you're lucky you'll get it for christmas. speaking of great concerts of the nixon administration, this one is a recording of a 1970 show that helps fund green peace. ♪ sweet baby jane ♪ don't it always seem to go you don't know what you've got till it's gone ♪ >> reporter: the album features full sets from joany mitchell, james taylor and phil oaks. ♪ i march to the battle of new orleans ♪ >> reporter: it's a really wonderful time capsule. the '60s returning into the
'70s and the protest music of phil oaks already a little out of date. ♪ i could dream... >> reporter: mitchell and taylor were ushering in the next wave of folks more concerned with the personal than the political. ♪ i've seen fire and i've seen rain ♪ >> reporter: "fire and rain" was a current hit at the time of the show. taylor was clearly enjoying the spotlight. ♪ hey, mr. tamourine man, play a song for me ♪ > james and joni duet on mr. tamourine man, but joni was the star. she introduced a couple of new songs that would later show up on blue and there's even a lost gem here, a song called the hunter that never made it on to any of the albums ♪ i was alone in clear creek ♪ ♪ it was a quarter of a moon lit night ♪ > and it takes the last 40 years melt away. another great voice who
emerged in 1970 is jesse winchester. although winchester never achieved the fame of joni and james, he remains a songwriter's songwriter, revered by other musicians. ♪ the way we danced was not a dance ♪ ♪ but more a long embrace ♪ we held on to each other ♪ then we floated there in space ♪ > jesse looks back on young romance with the wisdom of years and human followy with a patient chuckle. jesse winchester is an american treasure. and this is perfect music for sitting in front of the fire on a cold winter night. finally for those of you for whom money is not an object, back up the reindeer. miles davis, the complete columbia album collection. 40 years, 52 cds. and a bonus dvd just in case those 52 disks leave you
wanting more. miles davis was the greatest figure in post war jazz. he created an abandoned style like a musical picasso. those who came after him are still exploring the ramifications of his innovations. ♪ if you were moving to the north pole and this collection were all the music you could take with you, it would be plenty. the box is expensive. the music is priceless. you know, i have found that if you fit the stand on the tree before you bring it into the house, there will be a lot less tension in the living room. have a great christmas. (announcer) we call it the american renewal.
>> reporter: i meant dangerous. (whistle blowing) >> reporter: for the two weeks before christmas, tony lepore stops traffic. bigger influence. joe friday or martha graham? >> i've had numerous injuries doing this. i couldn't walk for a week because of my sciatica. i cracked a bone in this wrist, hyper extended my elbow. i also slightly separated my shoulder another time. >> reporter: you don't have to wear a dance belt, do you? >> i wear a jock. >> reporter: okay. you call it a jock. >> yeah. >> reporter: at city ballet they call it a dance belt. when in rome or providence, yeah.
>> osgood: 'tis the season for gift giving and christmas rhymes so here's david pogue of the "new york times". ho ho ho, jingle bells. >> reporter: and all through the land, the crisis of shopping for gifts was at hand. to find useful presents all new and high tech, that don't cost too much, what a pain in the neck. but guidance is coming. please, hold the applause. sand by for ideas from me, techno-claus. like this. it's an icon. i know, right. big deal. you call this a breakthrough, a camera? get real. but this one performs a spectacular stunt. a tiny projector's built right in the front. for slide shows the regular screen is too small but now you can point at a ceiling or wall. how about a sound system all through your house?
downstairs playing tivo, upstairs playing strauss. but who can afford it? the wiring, the stress. the pricey installers who build the whole mess. the sonos s-5 does away with all that. their wireless speakers and good ones at that. if you keep all your music in i-tunes or such, you can you control the whole thing from your i-phone or touch. if your loved one could stand to get slightly more fit but needs motivation, well, friends, this is it. the phillips direct-life, a wear-able thing that measures your daily activity, bling. it comes with a charger, a small usb, that transfers your data to mack or pc. you follow your progress online, an approach that's assisted by tips from a personal coach.
internet hot spots are glorious things to get you online with no wires, no strings. the trouble is hot spots fill limited space and worse, hot spots usually stay in one place. the mi-fi is a personal one for your car or walking around or wherever you are. you pay by the month but you know what? that's fine. it's totally cool to be always online. and speaking of traveling, it can be fun in many respects, yes, except for this one. your pockets produce a small snowstorm of sheets. your boss makes you tally those cursed receipts. technology offers an easier way. the neat receipt scanner just slumps them away. it studies the scan, fills the blanks one by one and then spits out the finish report and you're done. okay. so your spouse has some high-
tech machine, some gadget with buttons or worse, a touch screen. in winter how do you control the above with finger tips sealed in the typical glove? here is how to perform all your gadgety chores. the free hand gloves come with these little trap doors. there's one for your index and one for your thumb. you can type and then withdraw them before they get numb. so there's my suggestion. that's all for this year. may they bring to your loved ones some geeky good cheer. and now i'll ex-claim, ere i make my retreat, shiny gadgets to all, 'til they're all obsolete. ♪ >> osgood: next, sting, a man on a journey. and later, bill geist has
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>> it's sunday morning on cbs and here again is charles osgood. >> osgood: hit songs like "every breath you take" have earned sting a following around the world. still like many of us this time of year, he's answering the call of heart and home. harry smith of the early show went along for the record. ♪ >> reporter:? what was once one of the great centers of christendom on the northern coast of england, sting is launching a new album. drawing on remembered local carols and traditional folk
songs and ancient music he has created a new sound track for the winter solstice called "if on a winter's night." >> it's an album about the seasons, a much wider net than just christmas. yes, christmas is included but it's too narrow for my tastes. you know, it smacks of frosty the snowman and santa's coming to town, rudolph. i don't have any trouble with those people at all. >> reporter: the album came together hundreds of miles away where winter has a real bite at sting's home in the high hills of tuscany. this is where he assembled a hand-picked group of musicians. >> we sat around the kitchen table with our instrument s with the fire on and we ex-plor explored these songs. i wanted to create a mood that people will find useful.
it's a mood of reflection because i think the winter is the season of the imagination and reflection and dealing with the ghosts of the past. >> reporter: sting's ghosts lurk in newcastle where he grew up, the son of a milkman in an unhappy home. do you remember christmas when you were a kid and what it was like? >> yes, i do. it was... would never quite live up to its promise. it was a time of tension. i think there was a lot of expectation that never quite realized. a bit of sweet memorandum... bitter-sweet memories of christmas. always a family fight. ♪ my parents were just kids. my mother was 18 when she had me. i look back on their lives. they died very young too.
they didn't know how to make a family. they hadn't a clue. at the same time, they made me who i am and i'm very grateful for them. >> reporter: as a young man, he grew restless within the confines of this town. after a brief stint as a teacher, sting-- then known as gordon sumner-- headed for london. he would become a world renown star. first as the lead singer of the police. and then as a solo artist. ♪ >> reporter: his talent would earn him a place in the rock'n'roll hall of fame along with 16 grammy awards and three oscar nominations.
two years ago when he went back to his past life to be a rock'n'roller again, sting's reunion tour with the police played to nearly four million people on five continents. it was all a far cry from the life he fled some three decades ago. >> this is where i used to live. there were streets that led down to the river and the shipyard was here. >> reporter: it's... once a great shipbuilding center most of which is gone now. it's a little hard to go home if it's not there anymore. >> they knocked the houses down. low and behold beneath us is is a roman barracks from the roman war. nothing says i live here, not even a plaque. nothing. just a roman camp. >> reporter: sort of horrible in some ways to come home and see there's nothing left.
>> there's something left. this pub is left. that was important to me. >> reporter: so important that it features significantly in a documentary that chronicles his return to his roots. with his new band in tow. ♪ >> the ability to play in a football stadium and then to play in a church or to play in a pub. to five or six different people. it's a different skill set that you have to operate in. your job in a big stadium is to make it an intimate event for everyone. your job in an intimate environment is to make it an event, a memorable event where they clearly can see the strings working. they see you're a human being so it's harder. i get more nervous when i'm performing in front of a small group than i would do going in
front of 100,000 people. >> how are you doing, sweetheart? >> reporter: especially when that group is made up of old friends and neighbors. like this bunch of old mates he managed to bring together, all members of his first three bands. >> we're just talking history. >> gordon is the guy who named me sting. gordon used to make me sing a song that i hated with a passion every night. he just announced it knowing that i couldn't get out of it. the never ending song of love. by the new seekers. i loathed that song. >> i know you did. ♪ never ending love for you >> reporter: as we would say, almost pushing 60. >> i'm 57. i've got three sexy years before then.
actually two. all right. >> reporter: and when you get to be that age, is that why maybe there's a reckoning? >> i think it's important if you've spent your life traveling to make sense of it. you need to come home at some point. ♪ christmas day > at durham cathedral down the road from where he lived christmas came early as friends and family gathered to see the return of the local lad who made it big. are you surprised to find yourself mellow at this point? >> i never really imagined myself at this age. in the rock'n'roll world, you know, you live fast and die young. >> reporter: right. >> i lived fast and managed to survive. i'm pleased about that. ♪ making sense of my life.
and tasting my life in a sense, i think. and it tastes sweet. i'm happy for it. >> reporter: still for sting, the season, like the music, can be melancholy. >> christmas is a very difficult time for some people. it has this gravitational pull towards... if we can, we gravitate towards cozy, warm, the family home, the cradle, the hearth, the fire side, the church. we want to be in these places. but people who can't do that, who have no home to go to, they find it very, very depressing. it's not all, you know, god rest ye merry gentlemen, everything is wonderful. it's tough. ♪
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sorry that's not worth $100 to meet. studies have found that people who get unwanted gifts, no offense, value them on average 20% below sticker price. >> josh's lack of gratitude has cost me $20. >> not only that wharton business school professor says buying unwanted gifts also hurt the economy. >> he's not a grinch. he's an economist. >> so in effect, giving gifts on average is wasteful. >> in his book scrooge-nomics he said when you spend $100 on something fun you should be getting $100 of happiness. when you give something to someone who doesn't want it, they only enjoy a portion of it. 20% of it is in his eyes wasted. when you add it up, he says americans every year waste $13 billion worth of happiness. it's money that could have made someone happy but didn't. >> i don't know what you like. i don't know what you need. i could spend $50 and buy something worth nothing to you in which case the spending wouldn't produce any satisfaction. >> come on. it was a gift because you're
my friend. >> thank you. >> so what's the point here? don't give josh gifts? >> not exactly. economists say just give money. or take the time to find out what people really want. >> i think i want a uni-cycle. >> that's my uni-cycle. >> osgood: mitch butler and josh landis of the fast draw. now to bob schieffer in washington for a look at what's ahead on face the nation. good morning, bob. >> schieffer: good morning to you, charles. well, the senate democrats say they now have the votes to pass health care reform. but can they make it stick? we'll talk to four senators with four very different points of view. >> osgood: thank you, bob schieffer. we'll be watching. ahead now on sunday morning bill geist bundles up. >> reporter: you like my sweater? one man's festive is another man's ugly.
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>> osgood: let me guess. could it be a sweater for christmas? sure enough. believe it or not some folks aren't just spinning a yarn when they enthuse over the gift of an over-the-top sweater: just ask our bill geist. >> reporter: are you in the holiday spirit? nothing says i'm all in like a festive, ugly holiday sweater. much to the consternation of fashionistas like clint on kelly. >> wow, happy holidays. >> reporter: he's host of the tlc show, whatnot to wear. do you find it festive? >> i find it nauseating actually. >> reporter: oh, nauseating. >> bill, it's really wrong. like it's disturbing on you. look at that. >> reporter: you don't like it? >> i just want to punch him. i always say that christmas sweaters immediately make you look ten years older and a
little bit dumpier. >> reporter: but ugly christmas sweaters are back. and this season ugly sweater parties are all the rage. >> it's a growing fad. i think it's the second coming of halloween. any of your parents have these in the closet at home. >> yes, for sure. >> tell me about it. >> my mom is a teacher. she has tons of holiday ugly sweaters. >> you know, i feel like the people that wear them the most are teachers. >> reporter: the parties and teachers apparently are blamed for the sweater's sudden return to popularity. spurring new on-line stores dedicated exclusively to tacky knit wear. did you make that yourself? >> i did not. i got it from ugly christmas sweaters dot-com. >> sometimes when they sell.... >> reporter: ugly christmas sweater party.com. operates from adam paulson's living room in crown point,
indiana. >> this is the one i'm wearing tonight. >> reporter: kevin wool is a business partner. >> they're organizing ugly christmas sweater bar crawls, company parties. we've heard of families that are turning their christmas day into ugly chris maps winter parties. >> reporter: how many sweaters have you guys sold this season? >> about 700. in what? four week. >> shoulder pads is a plus. >> our ugliest sweaters go for $25. >> reporter: very gawdy i like it. >> i'm not even sure what it is. >> reporter: believe it or not they predict all of the hideously ugly sweaters in this heaping pile.... >> looks totally good on you. >> reporter:... will be sold in three days isn't that pretty? is it even legal to ship items this ugly through the mail? is that good? >> it seems so. >> across the world. we've shipped to iceland, canada, europe. afghanistan. in iraq to the troops. >> reporter: you know,
president obama might point to the ugly christmas sweater industry as evidence of america's entrepreneurial spirit sparking economic recovery. >> it's like the perfectly ugly sweater is to die for. >> the reindeer are a little frightening. >> reporter: business is booming too for jenny keeny. >> if they have a decoration on the back that ups the uglyness. >> reporter: and clarissa. >> the uglier they are, we charge a little bit more. our mission is to provide the ugliest sweaters possible to people and take away the burden of having to shop for themselves. >> reporter: what do you look for in an ugly sweater? >> anything with beads, bows, buttons, bells. i mean, anything that makes the sweater 3-d or really pop. >> reporter: this one right in front of you, show us that one. >> this one has got pretty much everything. >> reporter: say yes to this vest. mom will love this one.
where do these dealers find them all? so ugly and so many? you've gotten how many here? >> 150 in one trip. >> reporter: you're kidding. thrift stores hold the motherlode. >> holy cow. did you see that? >> reporter: beautiful. >> that's perfectly. someone will be wearing that one tonight. >> good eye. >> dude, no way. >> that's a gold mine. >> reporter: ugly christmas sweaters seem to be a sustainable resource with america having vast reserves, perhaps millions. >> you like this one? >> no. >> reporter: and that's bad news for clint on kelly. you have holy with berries and a big red ribbons. he must feel a little lonely this holiday season trying to stem the tide. >> this is one of the uglier christmas sweaters i've ever
seen and i've seen a lot of them. >> reporter: that's not bad. >> this is the worst thing ever to happen to christmas in my life. >> reporter: where i'm coming from, that's high praise. seven swans a swimming, six geese a laying five golden rings. four calling birds, three french hens, two turtle doves and a partridge in a pair tree. by changing her medicare prescription plan. all we had to do was go to cvs.com and use the free savings calculator. we learned that changing your medicare part d plan could save an average of $612. woman: we just entered my prescriptions, and it compared plans for us. it was easy to find the right plan for the prescriptions i need.
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